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Duke Ellington

Peggy Peralta

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. This week our guest is Edy Boone. She’s a muralist, community activist, and teacher. Boone came in to the KALW studios to tell Jen Chien about addressing social issues through her art  and to give her picks for cool happenings around the Bay this weekend.

Pak Han

In 1963, Duke Ellington made a famous tour and on that stop was Iran. He played jazz clubs in Tehran and Isfahan, and later produced his album Isfahan Blues.

At that same time, Vida Ghahremani, was living in Tehran.  She was a film star there, and decided to open the country's first dance club. Jazz was big in Iran then. Vida Ghahremani is now in California. Her daughter Torange Yaghiazarian is a playwright and Founding Artistic Director of Golden Thread Theatre in San Francisco.

Bill Schweitzer introduced his father to this song.